National Library Week - April 13 - 19

Debbie Kwarcinski's blog

The Magic Room by Jeffrey Zaslow

This is a very touching book about how 8 brides come to the Magic Room at Becker's Bridal, for their special wedding dresses.  It  focuses on the changing views of how they dress for the occasion, as  things have changed from the young sheltered brides of the early 20th century to the modern brides now.  Each story speaks of their hopes for the future and for what we wish our daughters to find in a marriage.  It is told from the Becker family multi-generational oowners of the shop and is very touching.  I really enjoyed it, although I often had to stop and dab at my eyes as the stories unfolded.  It's a shame that Jeffrey Zaslow was recently killed in an auto accident and won't live to share this moment with his young daughters.  As he reflected that he was looking forward to doing that, just before he died.

A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas

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This biography was suggested by one of my patrons so I decided to read it. Being a dog lover I was interested in how Abigail Thomas chose to adopt dogs and live with them after her husband had a serious head injury. She tells us how her life changed after that point and how she learned to adapt. It is a very moving story showing how when her life partner could no longer function as usual, she had to change her life and learn to enjoy that different kind of life. It also showed how severe brain injuries can change how an individual will be able to function from then on, but how Abigail and her husband still managed to develop a new life together.

Triangle: The Fire that changed America

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Since it is 100 years since this dramatic fire I wanted to learn more about its history and conclusion.  This is a good source for that and gives you a good amount of information on why such a catastrophe could occur.  There isn't much sensationalism  about the fire itself, but does give the facts and shows what the historical period was like.  I enjoyed reading it, although it was a little dry at times.  And it shows the political makeup of New York at the time while bringing up some of the up and comers, like  Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Plus the trial is really interesting.

Finding Chandra : a true Washington murder mystery by Scott Higham.

Check our catalog for: Finding Chandra: a true Washington murder mystery.  Chandra Ann Levy was an intern in Washington who disappeared in 2001.  This is the true crime story of the sensationalism that followed her case, mainly because she was utimately linked to having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit.  Her body wasn't found until a year later, then due to a number of terrible mistakes by law enforcement, her supposed killer wasn't identified until 2008.  I thoroughly enjoyed this case and was stunned by how evidence was erased and mismanaged, delaying the prosecution of the killer.  True crime buffs will be enthralled with this crime.

WHY MY THIRD HUSBAND WILL BE A DOG BY LISA SCOTTOLINE

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This is a terribly amusing insight into the life of Lisa Scottoline.  One laughs along as she struggles with the horrors of spanx in middle age, and deals with her disfunctional but loving family.  You instantly see how she adores her dogs while humorously teling us how she doesn't miss her ex husbands.  This collection of stories is from  Scottoline's wildly popular Philadelphia Inquirer columns and will leave you laughing.

Duchess of death by Richard Hack

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This a very informational, unauthorized biography which was created from over 5,000 unpublished letters, notes, and documents. It gives us a look at the hidden side of Agatha Christie and shows what a quiet, private person she was throughout her entire lifetime.  It tells what happened when her husband asked for a divorce and she simply disappeared.  Later on in her life it also showed how she preferred to live in a hovel in Egypt, to being recognized in England.  One will find many surprises in her life and understand why, when she was trying to enter the building for her big award's ceremony and the doorkeeper didn't recognize her.  After he told her that no one could get in early, she just walked away!